In Allie’s class materials list, she encouraged us to prepare a background piece available to arrange the flowers we will be learning on. At first I thought just a simple plain background fabric would be nice, but Allie did advise that it be something sturdy, and her own piece looked lovely with a lace overlay. So I began looking through my home dec fabrics and found a lovely green jacquard. To that, I added a fusible fleece to stabilize the back. The plan is to add a backing later once I get home from the class to cover up all the “business”.
I also made a small rod pocket at the top and hemmed the sides. I liked the fringe on the bottom selvedge edge, but how to cover the white border?
My gaze fell upon a piece of lovely shabby vintage lace (I can’t remember where it came from!) that was just about the same size as the jacquard. It is way too fragile to remain intact on its own, but as a layer on this project, it has real potential. And, it is a floral print. I think it was meant to be! The lace covers up the green while still allowing the color to show through.
The lace allows green fringe at the bottom to show through, but not the white selvedge.
The picture below shows how shabby the lace is. But can’t you just see it with some of Allie’s lovely flowers arranged and attached to it? Oh, the possibilities!
After preparing the background piece, it was time to gather the flower supplies. Luckily I had a HELPER! Here is DGD London (18 months) “inspecting” the blooms.
What a lovely morning it was with my little helper. Grammy is so tickled that London has “discovered” the yumminess of fabric! Here’s how it went down...
|Grammy has her fancy purples in the wrong place!|
|Everyone knows they go here with the green cottons!|
|I will just tuck them in here nicely...|
|A few more purples over here. Are you watching, Grammy??|
|Oh, I pray I have a stash like this some day!|
And then it was on to the next lesson: London shows Grammy how the foot pedal works.....
Between Allie and London, I am obviously in good hands....